HOSPICE CARE FOR CANCER PATIENTS

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal cancer, facing end-of-life issues and decisions can be a difficult challenge. Your search for the absolute best care and support does not end when you are told that curative treatment options are no longer recommended. Taking the time to learn about hospice and the level of care it offers to cancer patients will help you understand all of the available options and better prepare you to make the time you have more comfortable.

While there are cancer treatments that can help a patient live longer and better, once these treatment options are exhausted, it becomes a very personal decision for the patient about how long they want to continue the fight. When the side effects of chemotherapy outweigh the possible benefits, that’s when many cancer patients decide to stop treatment and consider alternative options like hospice care.

Hospice Care for Terminal Cancer Patients in Cleveland and the Surrounding Communities in Ohio

Hospice care for cancer patients is often described as an approach that treats the patient, not the disease. The goal of hospice is to make the patient as comfortable and as pain free as possible.

At All Caring Hospice we recognize the courage it takes to help a loved one who is suffering from a terminal illness. We also understand the physical and emotional stress it places on you to care for this loved one.

If you are reading the information on this web page, chances are you, or someone you love, is facing a difficult physical and emotional battle against cancer. Your search for answers to important questions about care and support for your loved one do not stop when you are confronted with realization that there may be no available curative treatment options for the cancer. The physical hardship of cancer happens to the patient, but this illness affects the family as a whole. All Caring hospice care for cancer patients is here to help you and your loved ones get answers to your questions.

We provide comprehensive hospice care and support services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our compassionate, experienced and well-trained interdisciplinary team of hospice nurses, home health aides, hospice social workers, therapists, bereavement counselors and volunteers. We always put patients and families first and strive to make every interaction with you and your loved one more meaningful.

All Caring Hospice recognizes the emotional toll and immense courage it takes to help a loved one who is suffering from a terminal illness like cancer. Call 1-216-520-4080 to see if hospice care is an appropriate option.

When is it time to discuss hospice care for a patient with Cancer?

Despite the best efforts of all parties involved, the patient, the doctors and the families, sometimes cancer treatments simply stop working. It can be difficult to determine when a cancer patient should be considered for hospice care; however, cancer patients are considered to be in the “end-stage” when a physician certifies that they have a life expectancy of 6 months or less.

A clinical determination of a cancer patient’s life expectancy can only be made by a doctor. However, following is a list of end of life symptoms commonly seen in terminally ill cancer patients. These symptoms may be a sign that the cancer has progressed and that the patient and their loved ones would both benefit from the services offered by hospice care.

    • The patient is rapidly weakening and the malignancy is progressing.
    • Treatment is no longer or has never been fully effective.
    • The burden of the cancer on patient and family outweighs all potential benefits.
    • An increase in pain, nausea, respiratory distress or other symptoms.
    • Repeated hospitalizations or trips to the ER.
    • Failure to “bounce back” after medical set-backs occur.
    • Increasing assistance needed for walking, eating, bathing, dressing or going to the toilet.
    • Decreasing alertness – patient is emotionally withdrawn, sleeping more or having increased difficulty with comprehension.

The patient’s primary physician may recommend hospice care when the time is appropriate. Oftentimes, patients and their families may have to be their own advocates to initiate the hospice care they desire. The patient, their family, or the patient’s doctor may request an evaluation and consultation with
All Caring to determine if hospice is an appropriate option.

Benefits of All Caring Hospice Care for Cancer Patients

The All Caring hospice team will evaluate the patient’s medical status and revise their care plan as the patient’s condition and symptoms change. The goal of hospice care for cancer patients is to treat pain and other symptoms and relieve the physical and emotional stress to ensure the greatest level of comfort for our patients and their families.

All Caring offers comprehensive hospice care services for patients with Cancer:

  • Pain Management – Patients with Cancer often experience pain caused by the progression of the disease. Our Hospice Care team provides palliative care which focuses on relieving pain and maintaining comfort.
  • Symptom Control – Our Hospice Care team regularly assesses each patient’s condition and works with the physician to determine the most effective treatment and medication options to maximize symptom control.
  • Hospice Care at Home – Wherever Home May Be – The goal of hospice care is to support patients by meeting their needs and managing their care at home – wherever they may call home. This means hospice services are provided in a patient’s home, whether that is their primary residence, a nursing home, or home of a loved one. Allowing one to stay at their home gives them the ultimate comfort when addressing terminal illnesses.
  • Coordinated Care Approach – Hospice care is a team effort. The patient’s family and loved ones are actively involved along with a team of professionals and volunteers. With the help and support of the hospice care team, the patient and their family can attain physical, emotional, and spiritual preparedness for the end of life.
  • Holistic Approach – Emotional and Spiritual Support – Therapy and counseling services add an additional level of care to the hospice services provided by All Caring Hospice. Therapy and counseling are non-invasive, holistic practices which enhance the medical, social and spiritual care of the hospice team. These practices promote comfort and wholeness for both patients and their families. Therapy and counseling sessions are provided by staff and volunteers of the
    All Caring hospice team.

All Caring Hospice operates hospice care and palliative care programs in Cleveland Ohio and the surrounding Communities in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Stark and Summit Counties. We are one of the nation’s premier providers of end-of-life care. Click here to Request Information or call 1-216-520-4080 to learn how hospice care can help.